Letter from Private Richard Gregory

Richard Gregory, age 20, enlisted at Auburn, to serve three years, and mustered in as private, Co. E, 76th NY Volunteer Infantry, July 24, 1863; killed in action May 19, 1864 at Spotsylvania, Va.

Margaret Campbell and Patrick Gregory were married in 1826, at Whitehall, Washington Co., NY, and were the parents of Richard. They lived in Waterloo, Seneca County, NY. 

As of 1860, Patrick is listed as "Boatman", with the following children: Catherine, 40, born Ireland; Thomas, 21; Richard, 18; Frances 17, born NY; Margaret, 19; John, 15; Francis, 6, in Seneca Falls; Richard, 7, with Richard Casey. Patrick was born in County Louden, Ireland, left when he was about 35 to Quebec (1825), then to Seneca Falls in 1834. Died according to will 3/19/1881. (Personal communication from Betty Auten).

Feb 3, 1864

Dear father

I take this opportunity to answer your kind letter which I received this morning. it found me well and enjoyed myself first rate and was glad that you are as well as usual. it does me some good to know that I am rememberd by those that I used to associate with. tell them I have not forgotten them.

we have had a nice spell of weather. it was warm as spring, there has been but very little snow. it is a little colder now but not like the winters north.

I dont know how much Lieutenant parsons done for me but he said he would get me in to the 148 but he could do nothing any more than any body else. they sent the men where they wanted them most.

our Colonels name is Cook he is from Cherryvalley Otsego Co. the Captains name is Bartholomew he is from Mottville Tompkins Co. they are both fine men and are like by all the men.

I had a letter from Frank but have not answered it. we have not got our pay for the last two months and probably shall not til March. I should like to send you some money but must wate til I get it.

we are glad that the men are enlisting up ther for the more men we have the sooner the war will come to an end and we all want it to close so we can go home.

I dont think I could get a letter to John for I dont know where to direc to him if you know you can send me word. give my love to all who may enquire after me. no more at present.

from your son Richard Gregory To Patrick Gregory

This letter was transcribed by B. Conrad Bush, 1940 Reading Road, West Falls, NY, 14170; e-mail Bushresear@aol.com; from original letters found at the National Archive, Washington, DC.

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